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5 Hotels That Are Celebrating Gay Marriage

July 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Gay couples across the state of New York married for the first time on Monday—an event so huge, Niagra Falls suddenly became rainbow-colored! Now that ceremonies can legally take place, hotel geeks around the state will be seeking out the best venues for their ceremonies, honeymoons, and receptions. Here are five of our top picks:

For a tropical escape—How about some breakfast in bed? It's all included in the "Love And Equality" package at Costa Rica's 125-acre Monte Azul Boutique Hotel. All couples, gay or straight, who were married after January 1, 2011, are entitled to four nights for the price of three ($570 plus tax) in one of the hotel's signature casitas. Rooms come with a chef's welcome platter, free wifi and a personal garden.

For the wedding itself—Those of you who fancy a more done-up affair should consider the Hudson Hotel's all-inclusive "Wedding Package." Prices start at $275 per person, with a minimum of 80 guests—which is indeed a lot of money, but then again, weddings are expensive!—and include use of the hotel's 24th Apartment (wood-burning fireplace, and a 2,000 square foot tented terrace) for the ceremony itself. Meals included in the package are as follows: dinner the night before, pre-ceremony cocktail hour, and three-course dinner in the 24th Apartment.

For Times Square fun—From now through September, the Westin New York is offering traditional rooms for $259 on Sunday nights during their Special Rates Sunday promotion—a small, but appreciated, reduction from the usual $299 rate. Sadly, none of the Westin's super-cool 126 Atrium Club rooms are included in the offer. Now, that would have been special. Additionally, the hotel's impressive Presidential Suite is available for a catered event.

For music lovers—The Intercontinental New York Barclay generously donates one of its 86 suites in order to allow recently married couples to toast their wedding in style. The two-night banquet-esque package is dubbed "Worth The Wait," and is priced at $175 per person (with a minimum of 40 attendees). Inside a Chrysler-facing suite, guests are treated to a one-hour cocktail reception, four-course sit-down dinner, champagne toast, open bar, rainbow wedding cake, 50-minute Oasis Day Spa couples massage—oh, and a serenade by New York's gay chorus, the Stonewall Chorale (above).

For relaxation—Meanwhile, six blocks north, The London NYC is also offering up one of its suites, but this time, for more...um, intimate pursuits. The "Celebrate Love" package ($855 per night) includes a 60-minute in-room couples massage, followed by an assortment of canapés delivered from Gordon Ramsay's kitchen downstairs. And just for good measure, a double serving of The London, a grapefruit, gin, Lillet, and champagne cocktail—to ensure extra comfort in (or out of) those complimentary plush robes.

[Photos: Monte Azul, Hudson Hotel, HotelChatter, Facebook, London NYC]

Archived Comments:

Nice Support

I like that these New York Hotels are standing behind their gay community and helping them celebrate the legalizing of gay marriage in their state.

Obviously the special prices and deals are awesome. But more importantly, I believe that the support shown by these Hotels is really something that means a lot to the gay community in New York.

- Jason
Owner - <a href="http://www.360virtualvisions.com"> 360 Virtual Visions </a>


Everyone's talking about how much money the city can/will make off of gay weddings, but it really does make a difference when specific venues like these go out of their way to be accommodating.

We hope people keep us in the loop about their hotel wedding plans--gay or otherwise!